What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
How long have you lived there?
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Hanging out around Score sports Bar owned by American Will Taylor also Rapa Nui Chilean bar on the front Malecon, Shopping center coffee areas, Gyms & sometimes Yacht clubs are the best place for Ex-Pats from my 5 years based here, even just walking on the main front, malecon one meets many foreigners and some nice locals.
In terms of religious, racial, economic and cultural diversity, are the people of this city or town diverse? Are they accepting of differences? Describe.
Very wide berth to all cultures and races living in peace here and all skin types and belief systems.
What are the main industries in this city? What types of career opportunities commonly exist? How do most people find new jobs?
Tourism, fishing, sport and yacht clubs, ex-pats either open up their own clubs, shops, bars, restaurants, tour guides, internet based work or find imports attractive to import to Ecuador or have retired.
In general, what are peoples' priorities in this city? For example, do lives revolve around work, family, socializing, sports, etc.?
Varied, work to family with strong family values, socializing from Casions, to fine cuisine to dancing Salas in the Barcelo 5 star and other locations on the main malecon.
Also nice sports clubs, gyms are available, There are also nice drives to different coastal locations within 1 hour of Salinas and closer such as Montanita, Ayangue, and even closer such as Farallon Dillons in Ballenita resort.
If a friend of yours was thinking of moving to this city or town from far away, what other advice would you give them.
Do not listen to anyone initially, feel the place out first and make sure you enjoy the area.
When buying or renting a place such as apartments be careful of all Brokers, even the Licensed, who both I and our friends have seen on many occasions add 20% or more to the costs and who also try to get paid both sides, by in effect charging innocent foreigners much more, where as if you deal with owners directly you will pay less! Brokers means that they are more broke than you so be CAREFUL. I recommend either Tucasaecuador.com on line or their magazine you can buy in the main Shopping center or in Petrol stations.
Personally we bought from the Best Tower in Town the PHOENIX LUXURY TOWER who were in this magazine in front of the Banco Pacifico on the second street in Salinas which has over 9 nationalities based there and found that in dealing with the OWNER we got the best and fairest deal and no broker crap trap!
They have suites, medium and large apartments but are over 80% sold now.